Lesson 1: When the dishwasher no longer gets anything clean, and no one can find the problem, the best solution is to buy rubber dish washing gloves for each of your children OR a supply of plastic/paper kitchen products OR go to Tim Hortons often enough that the manager greets you like an old friend each time.
Lesson 2: Those film marks on the inside of the windshield which you don't notice until you are driving your children to school against the sunrise? Erase them with a dry erase eraser. The eraser will also do wonders for wiping smudges from the screen of your phone.
Lesson 3: No time to gardening with that annoying attention-seeking fertilizing and weeding and pruning and watering? Just plant some Knock-out roses and check them in a year. You'll be amazed at their cooperation.
Lesson 4: When your husband asks you for 16 years what you would like for Mother's Day/birthdays/Christmas, do NOT say, "Nothing" because there will come a Father's Day where you ask him in desperation what he would like and he will say, "Nothing" - but he won't mean it anymore than you meant it
when you said it.
Lesson 5: If your neighbors have paid $1,300 for their pool heaters and spend $100/month to run them, tell your husband a secret! He, too, can have a solar heater for the pool that he will take great pride in because he will build it. After spending $50 on materials and one hour of his time, the heater won't work. Don't feel guilty! A few days later, he will say, "Let's go camping again," and you will answer, "Um...sure." If you say it just right, he will think your grimace is a smile and all will be well.
Now go! Visit these people who are so much smarter than I am.